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The Anglo-American 'special relationship' and the Middle East, 1945-1973

Smith, Simon C.



It is widely recognised that the Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ fluctuated following the Second World War. A “Persistent rivalry” was especially evident in policy towards the Middle East and its oil. Immediately after the war, the American attitude to Palestine seemed to complicate British policy. Events in Iran also reflected the clash between the British imperative to protect its national and imperial interests in the region on the one hand, and the American preoccupation with the Cold War and containment on the other. The subsequent differences over Egypt/ Nasser are a matter of public record as are the problems which arose over the British withdrawal from “East of Suez”. Perhaps the very closeness of the relationship between the UK and the US served to heighten expectations.


Smith, S. C. (2014). The Anglo-American 'special relationship' and the Middle East, 1945-1973. Asian Affairs, 45(3), 425-448.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Oct 14, 2014
Publication Date Sep 2, 2014
Deposit Date May 13, 2016
Publicly Available Date May 13, 2016
Journal Asian Affairs
Print ISSN 1477-1500
Electronic ISSN 1477-1500
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 3
Pages 425-448
Keywords Anglo-American special relationship; Middle East
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Asian affairs on 14 Oct 2014, available online:


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